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care of about 22 million veterans. it's a gigantic organization. four years ago, eric shinseki took over, retired general, served two tours in vietnam, wounded both times. and he's interestingly applied some of the lessons of combat to managing the va. and i think with pretty impressive results. >> well, in some of your reporting, i want to touch on, you mentioned that four years ago, the population of homeless veterans was about 154,000. it has dropped now to roughly 65,000. and i want to read you, on the other hand, some criticism that's out there. this is by james nicholson, the former va secretary, of course, under president bush and thomas bowman, who worked in the same department. the ever-increasing claims backlog and resulting delays are destroying the trust that needs to exist between the va and veterans. without that trust, the department will cease to be our nation's main advocate for veterans care and well-being. that's not what the american people want, and of course our veterans deserve better. how do you sort of reconcile some of the, i think, positive breakthroughs t
be helpful. >> mr. flores. >> thank you, mr. chairman and secretary panetta and secretary shinseki for being here and also psychiatry panetta for protecting the dollar for those that have earned it. my question is a little more theoretical, and what promise this is the claims processing time at the waco claims regional center in texas, which is the worst in the country when it comes to at adjudicating disability claims. what can we do if the ids doesn't work. what are you thinking in terms of a new paradigm to fix this issue and both of you can answer or either one of you, but it seems to me like we've got cultural issues that cannot be fixed by having new systems. so how do you make -- you are doing your best to get the systems right but what are we doing to fix the culture so that we do what we promised our military men and women and veteran's what we would do in terms of providing benefits for their service. it just seems to me like we spend all of our systems we are not spending the time of culture so can you help me with that? and let me interrupt before you answer. one other thing. you
was veterans affair secretary eric shinseki. this is just over 45 minutes. >> present arms! ♪ ♪ [star spangled banner plays] >> present arms! [drum plays] ["taps" plays] ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the parade of colors. as we march on the colors, the united states navy band will perform the national emblem march. please place your hand over your heart or render a hand salute. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> please remain standing for the prayer of all veterans delivered by reverend keitheth rinl representative of the department of veterans' affairs chaplin service. >> please join me in prayer. >> eternal god, we seek your blessing this morning as we come together united as one people to honor veterans of every generation. each time we come to arlington and stand in this sacred place, we feel your presence, along with all who are memorialized here. so we come today with thankful hearts, knowing well that we owe our very existence as a nation to veterans living and dead who dedicated their lives to the cause of freedom. as we honor our veterans, we also remember their
by that number since 2009 according to secretary of a veteran's affairs eric shinseki. back in 2009 secretary shinseki promised to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. a laudable goal but the solutions are not cheap. it involves tackling some of the most vexing problems in the population at large. including mental illness drug and alcohol addiction and unemployment and poverty. but a 20% reduction in the number of homeless vets shows that the solutions are possible, and decentcy requires as we continue. it is our duty and our privilege to take care of them. online forum with a direct line to eliot spitzer. >>join the debate now. >> eliot: last tuesday democrats retained the white house, gained two seats in the senate, and shrank the republican majority in the house. and an exit poll after exit poll showed that voters were in favor of increasing taxes on the rich in order to control the deficit. a fact that some on the right seemed to have recognized as negotiations over the upcoming fiscal cliff begin. >> let's have a serious debate. don't cream and yell, when we one says it won't kill th
secretary eric shinseki's promises for a quick turnaround on claims. the secretary says his goal was to have claims resolved in no more than 125 days with 98% accuracy. why hasn't that happened yet? >> well, again, this is a problem that has been decades in the making. we're transitioning from a paper-based system to an electronic system. and it's -- it is a huge amount -- it's a huge undertaking and task. >> reporter: is the current backlog of claims acceptable? >> it is unacceptable, and we know that. we do. >> reporter: unacceptable, yet more than a year after mike rioux filed his claim, he was still waiting. we interviewed 16 other veterans for this story. all of them told us they waited many months to get a simple disability claim resolved. in some cases more than a year. many of them also told us they weren't helped quickly enough with serious mental health issues related to ptsd. in one case, a veteran told us he had called the va suicide hotline and was told they would call him back. they never did. right now, according to the va, there are close to 900,000 claims pending. and of tho
as veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki. this is just over 45 minutes. ["star spangled banner" playing] ["taps" playing] >> order. >> right shoulder. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the parade of colors. please place your hand over your heart or render a hand salute. ♪ >> please remain standing for the prayer for all veterans, delivered by the acting director of the department of the veterans affairs chaplain service. >> please join me in prayer. eternal god, we seek your blessing this morning as we come together united as one people ot honr -- to honor veterans of every generation. we feel your presence, along with all who are memorialized here. we come today with thankful hearts, knowing well that we owe our very existence as a nation to veterans living and dead who dedicated their lives to the cause of freedom. as we honor our veterans, we also remember their families and loved ones. we know that they, too, have sacrificed much in support of their military men and women in times of war and peace. today we remember our veterans who have returned from
for the opportunity to appear this morning alongside secretary shinseki. he is a great friend, a great public servant, great military leader and a great friend to me and to our nation's veterans. and i appreciate the opportunity to appear alongside of him. i'm pleased to have this chance to discuss the ways that the department of defense and the department of veterans affairs are working together to try to meet the needs of our service members, our veterans and their families. this hearing comes at a very important time for our nation. and for collaboration between our two departments. dod and va are in the process of building an integrated military and veteran support system. it's something that should have been done a long time ago, but we are in the process of trying to make that happen. and develop a support system that's fundamentally different and a lot more robust than it's been in the past. today after a decade of war a new generation of service members, of veterans coming home our nation has made a lifetime commitment to them for their service and for their sacrifice, for their willingness t
. but this is clearly not enough. schechter terry since at the -- secretary shinseki has promised to break the back of the backlog by 20 -- but we are going in the wrong direction. congress can no longer simply be concerned about this problem. congress, the v.a., an american legion must work together to solve it. and it does not mean simply rewarding processors for fast dispositions regarding -- not regarding quality. we have seen an accuracy of claims decisions made in va regional offices throughout the country, and that only slows down the process. the early this year when congress, the american legion service officers for a hearing about the back wall, we were encouraged. these service officers at the front line of this battle every day. we have -- they have unique perspectives to of the va content with this biggest issue. we have seen many pilot programs and promises from the va. it is time to roll up our sleeves and really fix what is wrong with the system. if the social security administration and other benefit programs can handle their claims and a timely manner the veterans cannot understan
of veterans affair eric shinseki concluding veterans day activities at arlington memorial cemetery. it began with a wreath laying at the tomb of the unknowns. ending with a speech from the president. where he said that america needs to commit to veterans now coming home by the hundreds of thousands the same way that those veterans committed to america. there the final picture of the tomb of the unknowns as this ceremony concludes. we will be right back after this break with more "reliable sources." the pace of change is accelerating. the way we... perform, compete and grow. and people are driving this change. that's the power of human resources. the society... for human resource management and its members know... how to harness that power, because we help develop it. from the next economy, to the next generation, we help get... the most out of business, by getting the best out of people. shrm. leading people, leading organizations. >>> some closing thoets on "reliable sources." jackie kucinich talking about mitt romney's losing campaign. in the final weeks not only was he not going on "the v
denied, appeals that have been made? >> the obama administration, when secretary karen shinseki, the secretary of veterans affairs, took office, he made two big promises. one was that the backlog of veterans waiting for claimed would be eliminated by 2015. we have already discussed there are many more veterans waiting now than when obama took office. the other claim he made was that the decision that the va made would be accurate, that by 2015, 98% of all disability claims would be decided accurately. yet, at this point, the va technologist it makes mistakes -- knowledge is it makes mistakes in 40% of its cases. we looked at the inspector general audits that have been done at different offices around the country. we found in these high-profile claims for traumatic brain injury, one of the signature injuries of the iraq war, illnesses caused by the vietnam wars, in these claims, auditors found errors in more than one- third of cases. as i mentioned, this feeds into the delays that veterans face. people like hosea, when they are wrongfully denied, they come back later to file a ne
, but that is just not the case. in fact, general eric shinseki, the president's secretary of vet trants affairs, says there was more than 60,000 veterans living on the street last year. that's more than the number of all u.s. troops who were killed in vietnam. think about that. surely those americans didn't give up their lives just so their comrades could be left out in the cold. they gave up their lives because they believed in the promise of a better world, and now it's up to us to deliver on that promise. that means ending homelessness among veterans. it also means reaching out to the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. about 1 in 5 of those veterans are living with post-traumatic stress disorder or a serious brain injury. veterans of those wars are now killing themselves at a shocking rate of one every 80 minutes. that's simply not acceptable. a country that's great enough to flex its muscles throughout the world should be powerful enough to take care of its own soldiers. as citizens of the united states, we owe these men and women a debt that's too big to pay back in
of the cabinet, whose birthdays are either today or tomorrow. rick shinseki, who is the department of veterans affairs, happy birthday to you. that is actually today. [ applause ] and janet napolitano's birthday is tomorrow. [ applause ] all right, guys. thank you. want to get back to work. >> mr. president -- >> thank you so much, guys. >> can you talk about it at all? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job she's done. [ applause ] >> so there you have it, susan rice is extraordinary, the current ambassador. and possibly could be floated as a secretary of state. she's really come under fire. she's been meeting with senators on capitol hill. republican senators, some of her fiercest critics, and from what we heard from the likes of graham and from susan collins, and mccain, ayotte, they're all now -- they have more questions really than answers. again, the president meeting with the full members of his cabinet and many of those members perhaps will not be with him in the next couple of months. >>> meantime, in the white house today, saw what the president was doing. wha
. rick delaney. \[applause] >> thank you. president obama, secretary shinseki, members of congress, members of the armed services, ladies and gentlemen, fellow veterans, and friends, it is an honor and a privilege for the retired enlisted association to host this year's veterans day ceremonies, and i want to welcome each of you here. mr. president, congratulations on your re-election to office. \[applause] >> secretary shinseki, i especially want to thank you for your service to our nation, both as a distinguished army officer, and as secretary of veterans' affairs. because of your personal experience, your leadership of the v.a. is not just another job. you know firsthand what can happen to those who serve and how important it is that our nation take care of its veterans. we are here today to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn one of the uniforms of our nation's armed services.w whether they served in a combat zone like iraq or afghanistan, or remote destination, or somewhere around the world, a u.s. base in an allied country or right here in
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